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Developing critical thinkers through educational excellence will be part of a new mission and vision statement for District 818 in Verndale. The District 818 school board recently held a retreat to come up with a new statement. The board is also planning to keep the statement which has been guiding the school. Verndale's administration will be working with the teaching staff to decide which plan will be used as the mission statement and which will be used as the vision statement. Verndale school officials hope that the process will be finalized by June 30.
M State -- Wadena is receiving a facelift. The north and west entrances are being enlarged and modernized with the addition of new doors and entries. "The doors were past their age," M State -- Wadena Dean of Academics and Student Services Monty Johnson said. "Basically it's the first stage of an ongoing project." J.P.
The Aitkin Gobblers made a clean sweep on the court Tuesday in handing the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines a 7-0 defeat. The Gobblers won six of the seven matches in straight sets. Wadena-Deer Creek's Corey Pettow defeated Jack Reeves 7-5 in the first set of their No. 4 singles match before losing 6-3,(7-3). Aitkin 7, WDC 0 Singles 1 Nick Sundholm (A) def. Mike Paavola (WDC) 6-2, 6-0 2 Alex Anderson (A) def. Taylor Garcia (WDC) 6-1, 6-2 3 Dan Klucas (A) def. Austin Korkowski (WDC) 6-4, 6-0 4 Jack Reeves (A) def. Cory Pettow (WDC) 5-7, 6-3 (7-3) Doubles 1 Kevin Hughs-Lyle Nyberg (A) def.
A big season in the weights continued for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Tuesday as Dane Hoffman and Logan Meyer grabbed top honors in the Perham Invitational. Hoffman had a 147-3.5 toss in the discus, giving him fifth place in the event on the Wolverines' Honors List, while Meyer won his first title in the shot put with a 42-8. Hoffman was right behind Meyer in the shot with a third place effort of 41-8.5. WDC's Neil Janson was sixth in the 800 with a 2:14.66. Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale senior Amos Schmidt took top honors in the 300 hurdles with a 42.73.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines won two of three games in the Fosston Invitational to claim consolation honors. Leah Dykhoff drove in six runs and collected two hits as the Wolverines crushed Ada-Borup 11-0 in Game 1. Kelly DeFoe made her first pitching performance a good one allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out four. Caitlyn Peters went 3-for-3, scored twice and drove in one run. Calli Erickson stopped the Wolverines on two hits as Indus defeated WDC 6-2 in the second round.
Anthony Hinson singled with two out in the bottom of the seventh Tuesday to give Otter Tail Central a 5-4 nightcap victory and a sweep of a Park Region Conference doubleheader at Anderson Park. Steve Bradsteen's Bulldogs used a five-run fifth inning to topple the Pirates 12-2 in Game 1. Clay Cottrell went 2-for-3 in the victory and drove in one Verndale run. Dustin Motschenbacher went 2-for-3 with a double.
Kayla Krause shot a 91 Tuesday to finish in the Top 5 at the Pelican Rapids Invitational played at Wildflower. Krause placed fourth overall and was just four strokes behind medalist Abby Feist of Pelican Rapids. The Perham Yellowjackets took top team honors with a 386 but Park Rapids was a close second with a 387 and the Pelican Rapids Black squad shot a 390.
Newcomer Michael Wing shot an 85 Monday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines opened their 2010 season by firing a 367 in the Wildflower Early Bird. The Sebeka golfer is one of several first-year additions to this year's WDC squad, which also has the talents of six golfers from New York Mills. Tyler Fix was seven strokes off Wing's pace with a 92 while Bryan Silvers and Bryce Pazdernik came in with a 94 and a 96.
The Parkers Prairie Panthers exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 15-11. WDC head coach Kyle Dykhoff threw three pitchers at the Panthers but Derek Denny's outfit hit them all. Cody Redfield went the first four frames while Jake Rude and Kevin Tumberg appeared in relief. Rude was hung with the loss. The Wolverines were ahead 11-7 in the seesaw game when the roof fell in as 12 Parkers players went to the plate. Peter Lind went 4-for-4 in the win, scored twice and drove in a run.
There were more than 650 on hand Monday when Harmon Killebrew, the famous Minnesota Twins slugger, appeared at Tri-County Hospital's Men's Night Out. Killebrew, who was voted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 1984 and now lives in Phoenix, Ariz., is a personal friend of Wadena physician Dr. Stephen Davis and Davis was credited with bringing the great home run hitter to town. Killebrew hit 573 homers during his major league career and won or shared six American League home run titles between 1959 and 1969.